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Massachusetts Liberal

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

We're all Macacas

Virginia Sen. George Allen offered a revealing window into the GOP mindset when he flippantly referred to a tracker from opponent James Webb's campaign as "Macaca" and offered him a "welcome to America and to the real world of Virginia."

Allen, son of Richard Nixon's favorite football coach was in southern Virginia, speaking to an all-white audience when he used S.R. Sidarth, an Indian-American born and raised in northern Virginia, as a foil for the GOP's fear and smear message. Allen quickly tried to brush off the insult as a botched attempt to refer to Sidarth's Mohawk hairstyle. (We can ignore that he apparently can the difference between a buzz cut or a potential slap at a Native-American style.)

But Allen, who has a more than passing interest in the Confederate flag, consciously or not, revealed the heart of the GOP's 2006 campaign message -- scare the living daylights out of people to change the subject from the party's abysmal failures.

The party of compassionate conservatives has, in the last weeks, accused Connecticut Democrats of giving aid and comfort to al Qaeda by nominating Ned Lamont and attacked Democrats opposed to the administration's Constitutional hazy wiretapping program as being soft on terrorism. It's all part of their rich history of denigrating, demeaning and otherwise marginalizing those with the temerity to disagree.

Remember, theses are freedom-loving folks who believe the government should get out of the boardroom and into the bedroom -- telling people who they can marry and how they should procreate. They believe in the right to life and will kill those who disagree.

The party of Lincoln has morphed into the party that dominates the region where slaveholders insisted they were right. Any by God, they will slander you if you disagree.

The party of George Bush and the Do Nothing Congress is quick to label those of us with different political views as extremist. This is the same party that declared "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice."

But what is most scary: Barry Goldwater eventually disavowed these same folks.
Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them.

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